Armando Iannucci is pretty much the go to man for political satire in the past decade. It began with UK political satire “The Thick of It” and its film spin-off “In the Loop” which introduced the world to the swearing genius of Peter Capaldi’s Malcolm Tucker, and has continued with HBO’s “Veep” and all the skewering of the U.S. establishment.
Now he’s turned his attention to Russia, albeit in a key period setting, with his new film “The Death Of Stalin”. Picked up by IFC Films on the weekend, the story is based on Fabien Nury and Thierry Robin’s French graphic novel which offers a comedic look at the Soviet dictator’s last days, and depicts the chaos of the regime after his death in 1953 following 30 years of iron-fisted rule over the Soviet Union.
The first photo from the project is out today and can be seen below. Jason Isaacs leads a cast that includes Steve Buscemi, Andrea Riseborough, Olga Kurylenko, Paddy Considine , Simon Russell Beale, Rupert Friend, Michael Palin, and Jeffrey Tambor.
No release date has yet been set.